Swimming WA Targets “First Choice” Athletes

In very exciting news for the South Lake Dolphins swimming club, Swimming WA, in association with the Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) and Swimming Australia Limited have announced the formation of a third High Performance Training Centre (HPTC) in Western Australia.

The third HPTC will operate under the “Southern HPTC” title, with the successful bid comprising a consortium of Rockingham Stingrays and South Lake Dolphins swimming clubs.

The Southern HPTC will be based primarily at Aqua Jetty in Rockingham and at the newly developed Cockburn Aquatic Recreation Centre (ARC).

Swimming WA and WAIS have worked with SAL in the past to establish HPTCs in the west at HBF Stadium and in the north at HBF Arena and Craigie Leisure Centre. The Southern HPTC consortium was awarded the right to host the Southern HPTC for the next four years leading into the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

In making the announcement, Swimming WA Chief Executive Officer Darren Beazley said a third HPTC will have far reaching benefits for the sport of swimming in WA.

“The Association received two very strong applications to host the HPTC, one from east of the CBD and one from the south. The Committee, comprised of representatives from Swimming Australia, WAIS and Swimming WA, had to make a very difficult decision, which indicates the current strength of WA swimming. The bid from the east of the city was very impressive and compelling, but in the end, the group believe that basing the third HPTC in the southern corridor will provide swimmers, coaches and officials with access to a performance programme that is able to identify and develop talented swimmers with the potential to swim for their State and their country over the next four to eight years,” Mr Beazley said.

“Australia’s strength in the pool over so many years is something that we must not take for granted. The goal of this combined investment by WAIS and Swimming WA is to attract the ‘first choice athlete’. In order to keep pace and take the lead in the fiercely competitive area of sport, swimming needs to be bold.

“The new HPTC, adding to the existing HPTCs in the west and the north, is a bold step. The new HPTC will provide coaches with first class education and development opportunities, exceptional training facilities such as at the new Cockburn ARC and Aqua Jetty and swimmers with a training environment that develops them as an athlete and a person and is second to none.”

The new Southern HPTC has been endorsed by Swimming Australia.

“For us, the opportunity presented by the establishment of a third HPTC is fantastic. The pooling of talent, both coach and athlete, as well as the combined resources of the various parties to the agreement are an effective and efficient way of enabling performance swimming outcomes,” said Swimming Australia’s General Manager, Performance Wayne Lomas. “We applaud Swimming WA and WAIS for their commitment to further developing our sport with this model.”

The Southern HPTC will be operational by May 2017.